• Paula Mohr

    Smithsonian Needs Some Minnesota Farm Stories

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     by Paula Mohr
     on March 25, 2013

    There aren't that many farmers left who can say they plowed fields with a team of horses and GPS, or milked cows by hand and with robots. Even Baby Boomers have farm stories to tell. How they drove tractors all day without benefit of cover, computer or communication. Why their parents doubled and tripled the size of their livestock herds. How their family farms barely survived the 1980s. Yes, we have a lot of history to share and it is so very important that some of us take on…

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    A Return To Civility - For Adults And Youth

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     by Paula Mohr
     on March 14, 2013

    Discussions on how to address bullying issues in schools have been going on at the state Capitol for a few legislative sessions now. Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed an anti-bullying bill in 2009, saying that the current law on the books was adequate. Since then, at least a dozen youth in the state – one is too many—have committed suicide as a result of bullying. The most recent in the news was the tragic suicide of a young teen in southern Minnesota who took her life after…

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    Eagles Make It Worth The Drive To Wabasha

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     by Paula Mohr
     on March 8, 2013

    If you can carve out some time this week to drive to Wabasha and visit the National Eagle Center, you will not be disappointed. We drove down last Sunday for the "Soar With The Eagles" program, which also is this weekend, March 9-10, and thoroughly enjoyed touring the facility and sitting in on the educational sessions. We listened to several volunteers talk about eagles and other birds of prey. Plus, we got up close to five "resident" eagles—four bald and one…

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    The Time To Contact Your Lawmaker Is Now

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     by Paula Mohr
     on March 1, 2013

    Taxes. Program cuts. Same-sex marriage. Just when you thought things could not get any more contentious and partisan in St. Paul, another issue surfaces to redirect discussions. Gov. Mark Dayton's State of the State address rounded up Republican traditionalists and gave them some focus about which to grouse. It also challenged some rural Democrat folks and forced them to take stands not along party lines. Now comes the push to legalize same-sex marriage. After defeating a…

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